Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace

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Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus (which at no point in its tour of the deep South has ever included a single Chinese person) as the shambling Negro Magician, whose dark black skin and electric green eyes bewitch most audiences. But one balmy Mississippi night in 1954, Henry disappears in the company of three rowdy white teens and is never seen again. Wallace pieces together Henry's incredible vagabond life – from a deal with a bone-white devil known only as Mr. Sebastian, to the heartrending loss of his sister Hannah – and creates an enchanting tale of love, loss, identity, and the limitation of magic.


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About Daniel Wallace

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Daniel Wallace is the author of three novels, Big Fish (1998), Ray in Reverse (2000) and The Watermelon King (2003). His stories have been published far and wide in many magazines and anthologies, including The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah and Glimmer Train, and his illustrated work has appeared in the L.A. Times and Italian Vanity Fair. Big Fish has been translated into 18 languages and was adapted for film by Tim Burton and John August, and is now available on DVD loaded with extras - including an interview with the author. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and son and teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published July 8, 2008 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics. Fiction

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A magician conjures abject failure in Wallace's (The Watermelon King, 2003, etc.) bleak fourth.

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Publishers Weekly

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An inept African-American illusionist is dogged by the deal he struck with the devil in Wallace's fourth novel, a circus picaresque that barnstorms its way through the 1950s American South. Hen

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USA Today

Set in the 1950s, the novel is about Henry Walker, a famous (fictional) Negro magician who may or may not be a Negro, and may or may not be a magician.

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Who really knows?These questions are just the beginning to unveiling the illusion of this illusionist.Listen as Henry’s unique friends tell their versions of the story of who Henry Walker was and how he became the legend he is.Guide Review - Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace ...

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Monsters and Critics

However, the real question I have, after reading such a book is, why is Wallace not considered a top tier ‘name writer?’ Yes, one can argue that neither of his novels is unadulteratedly great, as both have some manifest flaws, but, compared to what is consistently published by houses that are clu...

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